While there was significant criticism about the offer at the beginning, thousands have rallied around his story on Facebook in what has become the most loving and supportive communities I have ever seen online. What started one morning as a jogger ran by shouting, “Saw your story, go Leo go!” has now turned into daily encouragements, cheers, and even strangers walking up to share their excitement for what Leo is doing.
To “learn to code” is not the point. Learning to code is not a destination, it’s not an end result; learning to code is a direction. For Leo the direction is very simple. “We need to care about our planet,” he said as his goal in lesson four. Leo’s idea is to build a carpooling mobile app which counts how much CO2 emission you are saving, calling it, "Trees for Cars."
He will be announcing the rest of the details as soon as it’s right (and he figures them out). I use this as the end goal of our lessons covering everything from database architecture to location services.
Leo’s direction is not just building programming an app. Leo has the drive to make a difference. Here I thought I was the one helping, but Leo’s goal is to help everyone many times over by spreading awareness to make the planet a better place. From coral reefs to declining forests, Leo has told me his one goal is to bring back public attention back to our planet. While I hope his app is very successful, his focus on the big picture is truly inspiring.